Everything you need to know about coming to FAU

Important and useful tips

If you come to FAU from a different country, many things may be new to you. In this section, we have collected all the information you need to know and take into account, both before coming to FAU and during your stay here. You can find all the information you need to help you settle in and make the most of your time here on our websites and in the video portal below. It is even easier if you book one of our welcome packages.

Your application has been successful, but where are Erlangen and Nuremberg located? What do they have to offer? We have gathered together all the information about the region for you on our website. You should also find out about the cost of living, financing your studies and semester dates.

All the support services at FAU are available to you as soon as you have been offered and accepted a place at FAU. Contact the Student Advice and Career Service and check the websites for your degree programme to see what’s in store for you.

The University and the faculties offer a number of welcome events when you first arrive. In Germany, students are expected to be very independent, but we will be by your side all the time you study here.

After you have accepted a place, you have to start organising your arrival in Germany and the registration formalities. We have gathered together all the information you need on our websites. Click on the points in the menu on the left, or consult our First steps glossary. One of the first things you need to do is to find an apartment.

Once you have enrolled, you have access to a network of support services. The Central Office for International Affairs is particularly important for international students. You will always be able for find someone there who can help with all your problems. On the contacts page, you can also find a list of the international offices at the faculties. There is also information on spending time abroad during your degree.


Service centres for students at FAU:


Points of contact for issues not directly related to university:


All other service centres are listed on our website. Lots of useful information on starting studying is available on our page dedicated to the start of the semester. Also good to know: How do the FAUcard and the semester ticket work?

FAU provides a number of videos which guide you through everything you need to know when starting at FAU. The most important ones are listed here, but there are a lot more to discover in our Youtube playlist.